Measure AA Regional Open Space
Access, Preservation and Restoration Bond
The cliffhanger is over, Measure AA has been approved by the voters!
Today, the Yes for Open Space Campaign announced that Measure AA has won with over 67% of the vote! Thank you for your incredible support for Measure AA for Open Space Access, Preservation and Restoration.
Measure AA is your legacy. With your voice, your vote and your volunteer hours, you have preserved open space, saved the remaining redwood forests, protected rare native species, restored watersheds and increased access to some of the most magnificent open space lands in the world. Thanks to you, the Peninsula and Silicon Valley will remain one of the best places in the world to live, work, play and stay healthy.
On February 26, the Midpen Board of Directors voted to place a general obligation bond measure on the June 3, 2014 ballot. The decision came after a long public process to help shape the direction and priorities of the District into the future. The resulting vision plan reflects the public’s priorities to expand, enhance, and connect regional trails and open space areas, to preserve open space, and to complete restoration projects.
This measure requires a two-thirds vote in Midpen’s jurisdiction in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties and a portion of unincorporated Santa Cruz County.
Based on public input and feedback, future bond money would:
Expand public access to protected land
Save local redwood forests
Provide clean air and water by restoring land that feeds our lakes, streams, ponds and waterways
Preserve agriculture along the San Mateo Coast
Restore native vegetation to create a healthy habitat for wildlife and preserve biodiversity.
An independent citizen oversight committee will review that funds are spent as promised.
To improve access to hiking and biking opportunities, protect and preserve redwood forests, natural open spaces, the scenic beauty of our region and coastline, critical wildlife habitat, restore creeks to protect water quality, and reduce forest fire risk; shall Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District be authorized to issue up to $300 million in bonds, at a tax rate not to exceed $3.18 per $100,000 of assessed value of property owned, with expenditures verified by an independent citizen oversight committee?
Projects to be Funded by Measure AA
Through a public visioning process, Midpen staff and its Community Advisory Committee identified current and future project areas of high priority. These include adding trails and trail connections, opening new preserves, protecting redwood forests, preserving farmland, restoring wetlands and streams, providing habitat connectivity and reducing fire risk. The funding for this bond measure will be used toward the 25 highest priority projects.
About the District
Founded by voters in 1972, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District has protected 62,000 acres of open space in 26 preserves offering places for hiking, biking, horseback riding, or simply connecting with nature close to home and free of charge.
THE 17 CITIES THAT COMPRISE
MIDPENINSULA REGIONAL OPEN SPACE DISTRICT
San Mateo County
Santa Clara County
East Palo Alto
Half Moon Bay
Los Altos Hills
Thank you to our voters for approving Measure AA
Your support is an investment in the future of preserving beautiful open space lands, forests, streams, wetlands and farms; expanding our trails and access areas; and caring for our precious plants and animals for generations. More>>